• It's important to keep up on sweeping your laminate flooring to avoid the build-up of dirt and grit that can cause abrasion to the wear layer of your floor, and dull its luster.
• When mopping, try to use a damp mop, not a wet one, to avoid allowing moisture to remain in contact with the floor for too long. In fact, the best way to mop your floor is with a microfiber mop, such as a Swiffer or something similar.
• Don't allow moisture to sit on your floor for too long. Be sure to blot it up as quickly as possible with a dry, non-abrasive cloth.
• Avoid using soap-based cleaners on your floor. Also stay away from any abrasive cleaners that claim to polish or shine. They will abrade your protective wear layer and, ultimately, damage your floors.
• It's important that you never polish or wax your laminate flooring.
• Steam cleaning and harsh chemical detergents can completely ruin your laminate floor. These are huge no-nos. If you feel the need to use a cleaning agent, make sure it is approved for use on laminate flooring.
Will I Have to Factor in Cutting Waste During My Install?
In a word, yes. It is completely reasonable to expect a loss of 7-10% of the total material due to improper cuts, installation damage, and all-around human error. Try to plan accordingly when ordering your materials.
Is it Possible to Repair Nicks and Scratches?
Most flooring stores will stock a special paste that can be used to repair minor nicks and scratches. If the damage is severe enough, you may need to consider replacing the damaged tile. Luckily, this is a fairly easy process and only requires removal and replacement of the damaged plank, not the whole floor.
What if I Have Further Questions?
Obviously, no FAQ is going to have the answers to everyone's questions. If you have any further questions, we would love to hear from you! Simply email, call, or stop by our Completely Floored showroom in Everett, WA and our friendly and knowledgeable staff of flooring experts would love nothing more than to answer any other questions that you might have about this, or any other type of flooring you may have.